Is this the ‘Egyptian’ Louvre attacker?
French authorities confirmed that the perpetrator was a 29-year-old Egyptian man without disclosing his name
Egyptian media sources have reported that the man who tried to carry out an attack at the Louvre on Friday has been identified as Egyptian national Abdullah Reda Rifai al-Hamahmi born in 1988.
French authorities confirmed that the perpetrator was a 29-year-old Egyptian man without disclosing his name.
Meanwhile, Belgian newspaper “La Capitale” confirmed that the man who attacked the Louvres is 29-year-old Egyptian called Abdullah. He was identified from his mobile phone that he had at the time of the attack. The newspaper added that a DNA test will be done to confirm the information.
During a search for Abdullah Hamahmi’s Twitter account, the newspaper said it found tweets linked to him called for wars to be waged against those he described as “afraid from the emergence of the Islamic State and the book of Allah.” His last tweet was uploaded 13 hours before the attack in Paris.
When checking his Facebook page, the paper said it discovered that the account was deactivated one day before the attack on the Louvre.
Officially, however, French authorities have not identified Hamahmi as the attacker.
Salih Farhoud, an Egyptian community leader in France said that the community does not know anything about Abdullah Hamahmi, because he was neither residing in France nor visiting an Egyptian national residing in France.
In his statement to Al Arabiya, Farhoud urged Egyptian security officials to “quickly disclose the identity and information regarding this man, because he is not sure that he is of Egyptian origins, adding that he might have acquired the Egyptian nationality during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, especially since there is limited available information about him.”